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Jakarta Post

Blitar Police in search of homicide victim’s head

  • Asip A. Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Sun, April 7, 2019   /   12:32 pm
Blitar Police in search of homicide victim’s head The Blitar Police search the Temas Lama River area in hopes of locating the missing head of a homicide victim in Undanawu, Blitar, on Friday. (JP/Asip Hasani)

The Blitar Police conducted another search on Friday to locate the missing head of a homicide victim in Undanawu, Blitar.

Previously, an Undanawu farmer had found a suitcase containing a headless male body on the Temas Lama riverside on Wednesday morning. The victim was later identified as Budi Hartanto, 28. Prior to his death, Budi lived in Kediri and worked as a dance teacher and waiter. His headless body was buried by his family on Thursday.

Police chief Sr. Comm. Adewira Negara Siregar said his team had returned to the crime scene to search for his missing body part.

“We returned to the crime scene today to see if could locate the missing body part around the crime scene,” Adewira told the reporters on Friday.

According to Adewira, the search attempt would be easier if police could point to a suspect in the case. However, since the police are still unable to identify a suspect, Adewira said his team would focus on find the missing body part.

An autopsy showed Budi had sustained wrist injuries, which the police suspected was a result of self-defense.

Adewira also added that his team had questioned 14 people, some of whom were the victim’s friends.

“The last person to be interviewed was a civil servant in Nganjuk identified as I. We found out that he was the last person to see the victim on the day he died after we looked in the victim’s phone,” he said. (dpk)